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Skinny jeans can be your best friends when you want to add a few inches to your height. But not just any skinnies can do the job; keep a few key features in mind, such as color, length and accessories, when searching for jeans that can take you to new heights.
As with any other style, skinny jeans are most slimming in a dark shade. Light jeans tend to widen the leg area, while darker shades slim it down, creating a long visual line along the body. Go for a pair in a solid shade; whiskered or sandblasted jeans can add width to the body, making you look shorter.
A Fabulous Fit
Skinny jeans are most slimming when they fit correctly. Make sure there are no gaps or bulges around the waist and hip areas, and that the jeans don't restrict your walking by sagging or being too tight. Make sure the hem of your jeans falls a couple of inches below your ankle, to avoid looking cut off there. A style that is slouchy near the ankles can be helpful for larger calves, providing extra room and still looking sleek.
If you decide to wear a belt with your skinnies, choose a thin belt in a shade similar to your jeans; a large belt in a contrasting color can cut your shape in half, making you look shorter. Continue the long line of your jeans by choosing a shoe that's slim, simply designed and close in color to your jeans; a bulky sneaker or even a heel with lots of detail or fabric at the ankle can cut your figure off there, disrupting the illusion of height. For the most lengthening look, try not to tote a big bag with your skinnies; a bag that's too big can weigh down your upper half and make your legs look stumpy.
Simple and Sleek
Keep it simple when it comes to the hems of your jeans; details like cuffed hems can cut your figure off at the ankles, rather than continuing the long visual line begun by your jeans. The same goes for skinnies that are ripped or cropped, which draw attention to specific areas on the legs rather than merging into the solid, slimming whole.